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Primary Instrument: Saxophone

John David Simon has performed extensively on the national and international jazz scene with Ella Fitzgerald, Chaka Khan, Clark Terry, Pat Martino, Buddy DeFranco, Ray Charles, Dizzy Gillespie, J.J. Johnson, Shirley Scott, The New Jersey Pops Orchestra, T.S. Monk and Charles Earland. John’s big band credits include The Lionel Hampton, Illinois Jacquet, Artie Shaw, Jimmy Dorsey, Harlem Renaissance and Cotton Club Orchestras. He has toured Japan, Europe, Scandinavia, Canada and the United States performing at major festivals including the Playboy, Monterey, Montreal, North Sea, JVC, Pori, Grande Parade du Jazz (Nice, France), and Newport jazz festivals. Some of the venues John has played include Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, Radio City Music Hall, The Kennedy Center, Brooklyn Academy of Music, The Village Vanguard, The Blue Note, The Hollwood Bowl and Ravinia. Currently Simon appears on over ten CD albums, including three as a leader, Legacy: The John Simon Trio Featuring Don Patterson, his critically acclaimed debut CD on Muse Records, his second CD, John David Simon And Friends With Clark Terry & Etta Jones, on WarmGroove Records and his latest CD album, Phantasm on WarmGroove Records. As a sideman, Simon can be heard on Introducing The CJ Heptet with Cleave Guyton Jr. on Consolidated Artists Productions, The Joe Sudler Swing Machine & Clark Terry on TJA Records, Born to Swing with Buddy DeFranco on Satellite Records and The Ponderer with the Odean Pope Saxophone Choir on Soul Note Records. John also appears in the documentary film Texas Tenor: the Illinois Jacquet Story, shown on the Bravo TV network. ...
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“ I just love his playing... he doesn’t become obsessed with all these clichés and so-called modern things... he knows how to swing .... like a lot of those cats that’s been around - Don Byas... Ben Webster... Hawkins.” —Clark Terry

“[On] ‘Rain Check’...the band really hit its stride as John Simon fired up a big- toned, booting solo on tenor sax.” —Ira Gitler, JazzTimes

“...his full warm sound combined with soulful expression make him a very individual voice on his instrument...He can surely compete with the stars of this new streamlined generation of jazz musicians like Joshua Redman.” —Ulrich Vanek, Jazz Podium (Germany)


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Primary InstrumentSaxophone

LocationNew York, NY

Willing to teachIntermediate to advanced students

Credentials/BackgroundM.M., Manhattan School of Music; B.M. cum laude, University of the Arts. Faculty member of Stevens Institute of Technology.


Featured recording “Phantasm”


WarmGroove Records
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